'Hello', Lied the Agent
- And Other Bullshit You Hear as a Hollywood TV Writer
- Narrated by: Ian Gurvitz
- Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 03-09-09
- Language: English
- Publisher: Phoenix Books
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By A A on 17-09-09
Some might be a tad off put by the delivery of the author's narration; for example, the swearing and bitterness.
However, I enjoyed it and took it as who he was: a comedy writer who had some success in the industry (he wrote for Wings and Becker) and many failures and knows what it's like to be both screwed and fought over by networks.
Ian discusses what it was like writing and selling scripts; having to please network executives while maintaining his original story (and sanity) without sugar coating a thing.
He gives a few tips, and those interested in pursuing writing comedy scripts (or any sort of script) should find his honesty helpful.
I'm just a fan of how things are in television "behind the scenes", so I found it quite enjoyable.
The only issue I did have was how he read the work: not every author will make for a great narrator and he isn't the best...he does sound like he is reading his work in an unnatural fashion, which can be distracting. It sounds like he's just looking at the page and reading it without thinking too much about what he's saying.
Overall, I enjoyed the audiobook, but it's not for everyone.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Margaret on 19-09-10
The book was very interesting, but what an angry guy! His style is very New Yorker "in your face" and living in L.A. hasn't mellowed him any. Never knew so much went into the development of T.V. If you ever thought you had a great idea for a tv show, hear this book and you'll think twice.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful